A beginner’s guide to Essential oils

It’s obviously an exciting feeling ordering your first essential oil kit. Maybe you read about it somewhere but all you can possibly remember is it’s heavily concentrated and must be used wisely. You can’t really remember exactly how to use it and you are a little afraid and nervous of the bottle. Well, it’s for this, plus many other reasons, that this beginner’s guide to essential oils exists, primarily to get you started easily, quickly, and safely on key things you need to know about essential oils.

To begin, here’s a brief history on the evolution of essential oils.

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Evolution of essential oils

Essential oils were actually mankind’s first medicine. Information from Chinese manuscripts and Egyptian hieroglyphics clearly reveal how physicians and priests used essential oils for thousands of years. Not forgetting to mention Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Aztecs of North America who largely made use of the oil for medicinal purposes, massages, baths, as a fragrance, amongst many other uses.

Evolving technology continues to expose more hidden powers held in essential oils, which perhaps makes it one of the most valuable and highly treasured natural treatment. So what exactly is an essential oil as of today?

Essential oils defined

An essential oil is a subtle aromatic and concentrated compound distilled from botanicals ( trees and plants). It contains vitamins, hormones and antiseptics that perform various roles to our body systems, mostly our immune system and brain system.

Back to the bottle. So how do you tell if it’s the real, organic and ethically crafted essential oil or a synthetic or an outright counterfeit.

First off, read your labels. If on the name tag it lists anything besides an essential oil or doesn’t display anywhere significant words like EOBBD tested or therapeutic, then it’s possibly a counterfeit. Also, ensure the percentage of essential oil is above 20%. The expiry date doesn’t really matter a lot except for the citrus oil, which has a self-life of 2-5 years based on storage conditions.

Most Commonly Used Essential Oils for Beginners

Not every essential oil is good for a beginner. For instance, it wouldn’t be a good idea to start out with oregano essential oil as it’s a very strong essential oil that should carefully be diluted to taste under an expert’s instructions. So the most common ones that would be best for beginners include the Peppermint, lavender and Lemon oil.

Each certainly has its own distinct roles, besides the common ones we all know of. You might want to check them out.

Lavender

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Lavender is pretty much good for everything. Always have this bottle with you. Here’s a number of things it can assist you to deal with:

  • Skin problems
  • Relaxing your emotions ( Managing your emotional well-being)
  • Treating headaches
  • Assists to alleviate insomnia
  • Gentle to use on a baby.

More infomation about Lavender Oil

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Lemon

  • It’s a disinfectant. When added to water, it advances your cleaning. You can as well use it to kill germs.
  • It purifies drinking water and eliminates toxins.
  • It will enhance your mood.
  • Assists with respiratory issues, mostly coughs and colds.

Peppermint

  • It relieves nausea and calms down a stomach-ache.
  • It stops headaches
  • It helps to soften muscles, especially after workouts.
  • It can get rid of mice
  • Helps to soothe a sore throat
  • Helps to eliminate fevers
  • Treats sunburns

How to use essential oils

There are a number of ways which will enable you to make the most out of essential oils. All of these ways we’ll look at are proven and successful ways that have enabled most people fully utilise the essential oils. They include:

Inhalations

You can add a few drops of the oil to a bowl of hot water. With a towel over your head, sit and bent to inhale the vapour. Alternatively, you might as well add a few drops to your hankie, hold it your nose, then inhale every few moments. However, avoid this method if you suffer from asthma or if it’s a young child using it.

Massage

You can seek the services of professional massage services or you can do it yourself. But don’t use more than 5 drops per massage.

Baths

Once your bath is running, add a few drops of the oil (5-10). To mix it with water, you can blend the oil with milk then add it to your bath.

Showers

You can add a few drops of the oil to the shower tray before turning on the taps.

Fresheners

You can buy from the variety of oil burners available in the market then add some few drops of the essential oil plus water to it. Or you can mix the oil with water then pour it in a spray bottle. The lavender oil always works best here.

Conclusion

Finally, you can begin your experience with essential oils now. Don’t fret anymore. Keep in mind all the details we’ve examined on this beginner’s guide to essential oils. As you put each of them into practice, you’ll certainly become more comfortable and accustomed to how essential oils can be used in many other different ways, like for the elderly. In fact stay tuned right here as that is what you’ll be learning next.

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